County Durham based steel company Finley Structures has secured a contract to build a second university building for BAM Construction.

The family run business, based on Aycliffe Business Park, has begun working on a 400 tonne project to build the Sarah Swift building at the University of Lincoln.

The £19 million facility will be home to the schools of health and social care and psychology, along with a professional development centre.

The facility will stand on the site of the 19th century Pea Warehouse which has been demolished to make way for the five storey building, which is due to be complete in May next year.

The contract win comes following Finley Structures’ erection of 500 tonnes of steel for BAM Construction to help build the £16 million Isaac Newton building at the University of Lincoln.

Jim Graham, Operations Manager at Finley Structures, has worked on a series of projects for BAM over the last few years and said that it is the shared values of the two companies that make it a ‘perfect fit.’

Graham commented: “They’re quite unique in that BAM isn’t following a UK model. It’s a Dutch model with a parent company from the Netherlands, where aggression is frowned upon.

“They’re very open and they expect you to be the same, so we have matching values of honesty and fair play.”

Last month, BAM won the £30 million contract to deliver the Engineering Innovation Centre in Preston.

BAM’s Manchester office is due to start work in January 2017 and complete the work by the summer of 2018.

The EIC will be situated in the heart of Preston city centre and will be an integrated hub for teaching, research and knowledge exchange, bringing together expertise from the region from within industry and academia.

It is hoped that the planned EIC will reclaim Lancashire’s role as a national centre for advanced manufacturing.